Syrian army presence only way to ensure Turkish, Syrian border security: Rouhani

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Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, has said that the Syrian army's presence is the only solution to ensuring security along Syria’s northern border with Turkey.


“The solution to achieving security in Syria’s northern and Turkey's southern border lies only in the presence of the Syrian army,” Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, said on Wednesday.

The Iranian President added that it was upon “all sides” to lay the groundwork allowing the Syria’s army’s presence in the region, adding that this was the position held by Iran during talks with Russia and Turkey in the Turkish capital Ankara last month.

The Iranian president added that security in the border region also required the withdrawal of American forces from the territory.

Rouhani further urged the region’s Kurds to rally alongside the Syrian military, stressing that Syria is their rightful homeland.

Rouhani’s comments come against the backdrop of Ankara’s decision to go forward with a planned offensive targeting the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria.

Turkey considers the YPG to be a terrorist organization and an extension of the PKK, which has been fighting for an autonomous region inside Turkey since 1984.

The Turkish operation comes despite the YPG's extensive military and political cooperation with the US. Washington supported the group allegedly to support its operations against the Daesh Takfiri group.  

However, the US effectively granted Turkey the green light to attack the YPG after announcing that it was withdrawing troops from Syria’s Kurdish-controlled border region with Turkey earlier this.

Speaking on Wednesday, Rouhani said that despite Tehran’s recognition of Turkey’s legitimate concerns regarding its southern border, “behind the scene(s)” agreements between the Washington and Ankara “would not benefit the region”.

“We believe that a suitable path has to be chosen regarding this matter,” Rouhani said, adding that “We urge our friend Turkey and its government to pay more attention in such matters and reconsider the path that has been chosen”.

Rouhani further stressed that the planned Turkish operation was problematic at a time when the region needed calm and Syrian refugees sought to resettle in the country.

"Today, our main problem does not lie in northern Syria and east of the Euphrates River, but the foremost problem lies in the Idlib region where all the terrorists have gathered," Rouhani added.

The Turkish government has played a major in role in supporting various terrorist groups that sought to topple Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, since the offset of a foreign-backed terrorist insurrection that formed eight years ago in the country.

Following a series of gradual Syrian victories over recent years, however, terrorist forces were forced to withdraw to Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, which borders Turkey.

Damascus has vowed to cleanse all of Syria from terrorists and foreign-backed forces.

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Syrian army presence only way to ensure Turkish, Syrian border security: Rouhani

2019/10/195ab094-f5d8-47fc-a631-cdbde9d44a9e-1570622649.jpg
Read: 382     16:02     09 October 2019    

Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, has said that the Syrian army's presence is the only solution to ensuring security along Syria’s northern border with Turkey.


“The solution to achieving security in Syria’s northern and Turkey's southern border lies only in the presence of the Syrian army,” Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, said on Wednesday.

The Iranian President added that it was upon “all sides” to lay the groundwork allowing the Syria’s army’s presence in the region, adding that this was the position held by Iran during talks with Russia and Turkey in the Turkish capital Ankara last month.

The Iranian president added that security in the border region also required the withdrawal of American forces from the territory.

Rouhani further urged the region’s Kurds to rally alongside the Syrian military, stressing that Syria is their rightful homeland.

Rouhani’s comments come against the backdrop of Ankara’s decision to go forward with a planned offensive targeting the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria.

Turkey considers the YPG to be a terrorist organization and an extension of the PKK, which has been fighting for an autonomous region inside Turkey since 1984.

The Turkish operation comes despite the YPG's extensive military and political cooperation with the US. Washington supported the group allegedly to support its operations against the Daesh Takfiri group.  

However, the US effectively granted Turkey the green light to attack the YPG after announcing that it was withdrawing troops from Syria’s Kurdish-controlled border region with Turkey earlier this.

Speaking on Wednesday, Rouhani said that despite Tehran’s recognition of Turkey’s legitimate concerns regarding its southern border, “behind the scene(s)” agreements between the Washington and Ankara “would not benefit the region”.

“We believe that a suitable path has to be chosen regarding this matter,” Rouhani said, adding that “We urge our friend Turkey and its government to pay more attention in such matters and reconsider the path that has been chosen”.

Rouhani further stressed that the planned Turkish operation was problematic at a time when the region needed calm and Syrian refugees sought to resettle in the country.

"Today, our main problem does not lie in northern Syria and east of the Euphrates River, but the foremost problem lies in the Idlib region where all the terrorists have gathered," Rouhani added.

The Turkish government has played a major in role in supporting various terrorist groups that sought to topple Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, since the offset of a foreign-backed terrorist insurrection that formed eight years ago in the country.

Following a series of gradual Syrian victories over recent years, however, terrorist forces were forced to withdraw to Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, which borders Turkey.

Damascus has vowed to cleanse all of Syria from terrorists and foreign-backed forces.

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